From Geneva to Maputo
After holding its first three stakeholders' meetings in the Geneva area, MMV decided that it was time to choose a location more closely aligned with its mission. In addition to being in a disease-endemic country, Maputo was chosen for two reasons: Dr Pascoal Mocumbi, former Prime Minister of Mozambique joined the MMV Board of Directors, offering his support to help organize the meeting in his home country; and the World Economic Forum, with which MMV has close ties as a partner of the Forum's Global Health Initiative, was holding its Africa Economic Summit in Maputo on 2-4 June 2004, with which MMV decided to link its Fourth Annual Stakeholders' Meeting.
The decision was a fortuitous one - the meeting was a success both for MMV as an organization and we believe, for the stakeholders, who found holding the meeting in a disease-endemic country to have been an excellent decision, one which should be repeated.
28 May 2004
Visit to Maputo schools and MMV/Ministry of Education drawing contest
In the months leading up to the Stakeholders' Meeting, MMV worked with collaborators from the Ministry of Education in Maputo on a drawing contest with the Maputo schools, for children ages 6-12. The themes for the contest included: living with malaria; a healthy life without malaria; and a brighter future for me and my family. The winning drawings and the artists are shown below. MMV visited the participating schools in the days leading up to the Stakeholders' Meeting.
31 May 2004
MMV Stakeholders' Meeting Dinner under the patronage of President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique
Keynote speaker: Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
1 June 2004
Update on MMV progress and Project of the Year Award
Visit to Centro de Investigação em Saúde (Manhiça Health Research Center) and the Manhiça District Hospital